Mar 20, 2011 10:00am PDT
>>> coming up -- religion and disaster. japan's spiritual resources for dealing with multiple catastrophes. >>> at the same time, the moral questions about military intervention in libya. >>> also, alongside war and tragedy, we remember the surviving shakers, trying to create heaven on earth, in this life. >>> and jews celebrate purim, with its message that, obvious or not, god is at work in the world. >>> welcome. i'm bob abernethy. it's good to have you with us. faith-based and international aid groups rushed to help victims of the catastrophes in japan. it's estimated that more than 10,000 people were killed by the massive earthquake and tsunami. japanese officials say more than 450,000 are homeless and in need of supplies. humanitarian efforts, however, have been severely complicated by radiation from four of the country's nuclear reactors. we get more from dave toycen, the president and chief executive officer of the christian aid group, world vision canada. we spoke to him by phone from tokyo on friday night. dave, thanks so much for staying upo late to talk to us. are y
Mar 13, 2011 10:00am PDT
ever recorded in japan, and one of the largest in the world in the last century. the house committee on homeland security this week held a first in a series of controversial herings emining what it called radicalization in the american muslim community and there was wide religious reaction. the hearing called by chair of committee, new york republican peter king, who invokes the member of the 9/11 attacks. >> we must be fully aware home groan radicalization is apart o al qaeda's strategy to continue attacking the united states. al qaeda is actively targeting the american muslim community for recruitment. today's hearing will addresshe dangerous trend. >> reporter: first step on the witness list was congressman keith ellison a democrat from minnesota and the first muslim elected to the house of representatives. >> it's true that specific individuals, including some who are muslims, are violent extremists. however, these are individuals, not entire communities. when you are sign their violent actions to the entire community, you assign collective blame to a whole group. this is the ver
Mar 27, 2011 8:30am EDT
continue to deliver aid to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in japan. half a million people are still in emergency shelters and in need of basic supplies. stores in tokyo have begun rationing goods. and the demand for bottled water had also risen because of high levels of radiation found in tap water in some areas. faith groups in the u.s. have urged their members to continue donating to relief efforts. >>> the board of the national association of evangelicals this week approved a resolution calling on president obama and congress to lower the national debt, but to do so in ways that won't hurt the poor. the resolution specifically raised concerns about proposals that would reduce foreign humanitarian aid. the nae said it supports efforts to address deficit spending, but the group said those efforts must be evaluated for their impact on the vulnerable. >>> meanwhile, in a separate initiative, several prominent christian leaders will announce next week they are beginning a prayer and fasting campaign to protect programs that help poor people in the u.s. and around the world.